In a recent interview, by the Hollywood Reporter’s Jay A. Fernandez, about playing Tommy in Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, the new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, comments on how he feels taking on the role of the web slinging hero.
“I have been waiting for this phone call for 24 years, for someone to call me up and say, “Hey, we want you to pretend to be a character that you’ve always wanted to be all your life, and we’re going to do it with cool cameras and cool effects and you’re going to feel like you’re swinging through New York City. Do you want to do that?” [laughs] “Let me just consult with my seven-year old self and see what he thinks…” So my seven-year-old self started screaming in my soul and saying, This is what we’ve been waiting for. Like every young boy who feels stronger on the inside than they look on the outside, any skinny boy basically who wishes their muscles matched their sense of injustice, God, it’s just the stuff that dreams are made of, for sure. It’s a true” … “honor to be part of this symbol that I actually think is a very important symbol and it’s meant a great deal to me, and it continues to mean something to people. So yeah, I feel like I’ve been preparing for it for a while. Ever since Halloween when I was four years old and I wore my first Spider-Man costume.”
Does his being a life-long fan make you like him more for the role? He had me when he got to “who wishes their muscles matched their sense of injustice”.
Check out the full interview, which includes more on becoming Spider-Man, and his upcoming movies Never Let Me Go, and The Social Network.